iPad Book Apps (page 5)

GARY'S PLACE by Rick Walton
Kirkus Star
by Rick Walton, illustrated by Will Terry, developed by Giggle Desk
Released: Dec. 19, 2013

"Prime real estate in iPad-app world: a simple story that's well-told, cleverly illustrated and efficiently supported by a little nugget of real discovery at the end. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Gary the gopher thinks his parents' hole is too crowded, so when they give him permission to dig an underground home of his own, terra firma presents no limits. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A cacophony of educational inspiration, this 'Noise' is anything but. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A bedtime app gives new readers and their parents a big language boost. Read full book review >

BANG! SAID THE PEAR by Dmitry Savin
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"The stories are well-written and short enough to be easily digested, but the vivid, adventurous images are what will linger in the mind. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-13)"
An evocative set of 16 illustrated, one-page vignettes is pleasantly surreal. Read full book review >
MONSTER CIRCUS by Kristina Valenzuela
Released: Dec. 12, 2013

"Despite a few minor technical glitches, this monster circus is worth the ticket price. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
More activity app than storybook, the spectacle under this big top is left up to a monstrous crew. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Reasonably priced, it invites long hours of poring over: This belongs in the iPad of every student of the classics and ancient history. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
A state-of-the-art atlas of the ancient world, both as it was known to the Greeks and Romans and as it is known to scholars today. Read full book review >

ROM AND THE WHALE OF DREAMS by Jose Miguel Vilar-Bou
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Beguiling (particularly for bedtimes), seamlessly designed and unusually feature-rich. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A tale of dreams lost and found, well-served by soft-voiced narration, gentle music and surreal illustrations in muted hues. Read full book review >
GRIMSTONES by Asphyxia
by Asphyxia, illustrated by Jenine Davidson, developed by Two Bulls, The Grimstones
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A pleasantly gothic pleaser for fans of Unfortunate Events. (series website) (iPad storybook app. 8-11)"
In nine chatty letters, young Martha Grimstone introduces her peculiar family, describes the creation and hatching of three-legged little brother Crumpet, and fervently urges readers to write back. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND BARLOW by Chris Hamilton
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"Whether furry or feathered, pre-readers may discover new skills of their own with this interactive clever-pup tale. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A tiny bird extols the many talents of his canine buddy in this tail-wagging story for young pups. Read full book review >
MACBETH by Luminary Digital Media
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A fine app version of the play, though one best suited for serious students and performers. (Requires iPad 2 and above.)"
A deluxe scholarly treatment of the Scottish play that isn't always intuitive but is filled with riches. Read full book review >
SOS DINOS IN DISTRESS by Audois & Alleuil Editions
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"At last, an answer to an age-old mystery. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A boastful young sleuth obliviously aids a group of disguised dinosaurs in this brisk and hilarious tale. Read full book review >
NOA'S STARS by Hanneke van der Meer
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"The story's leisurely pace, relaxing music and starry theme make it a good pre-bedtime choice. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A winning, gentle adventure about a pint-sized aviator's star-gathering is marred only by some minor problems in the app's text. Read full book review >
THE LONELY BEAST 123 by Chris Judge
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"Even numerate children can count on being entertained by this tongue-in-cheek companion to The Lonely Beast ABC (2013). (iPad counting app. 2-4)"
A day at the Beast's house, from opening 1 curtain in the morning to counting 12 sheep that night. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >